Self-harm is when someone intentionally causes damage or injuries to their body. This can be caused in a variety of ways including cutting, burning, head-banging, scratching or insertion.
Often, the reason someone may turn to self-harm is to help them manage any distressing or intense emotions they may be experiencing. It is classed as an unhelpful coping strategy which means people may initially use it as a way to cope, but it can be unsafe, risky or even make any distressing feelings worse.
If you are having difficulty with self-harm, or know someone who is, please consider coming to speak to an advisor at the Student Wellbeing Centre.